Dentures & Partials
Your teeth are the first things that are noticed when you smile. However, providing you with a beautiful, confident smile, is not their only job. In fact, they have numerous important jobs within your mouth. For one, they allow you to bite and chew your food. They control air flow when you talk. Moreover, they also help to keep your jawbone strong and healthy. When you lose teeth, all of their abilities provided by them are compromised. We at Tuttle Crossing Dental Group can help. Whether you are missing all of your teeth, or just a section, dentures and partials may be the answer for you.
Why do you lose teeth in the first place?
There are several reasons why you might lose teeth. One of the most common reasons for losing teeth is due to untreated gum disease. This progressive, yet preventable, the disease is often brought on by poor oral hygiene. Bacteria irritate your gum tissue, causing it to become inflamed. The bacteria then sneak below your gum line and start attacking your teeth and your jawbone. As the bone weakens, so do your teeth. Eventually, your teeth fall out.
Gum disease is not the only cause. Hormonal changes, osteoporosis or facial trauma, although less common, can also lead to tooth loss.
What are dentures?
Dentures are false teeth that are removable. Acrylic resin teeth, which are designed to look like natural teeth, are set into a plastic gum-colored base. The base is made to sit on your gums, held in place by suction, which supports the prosthesis. Dentures are designed to replace a full arch of missing teeth or a section of adjacent missing teeth between natural, healthy teeth.
Full dentures replace an entire arch of missing teeth, whether it’s the top set, the bottom set, or both. If you have any remaining unhealthy teeth, these must first be extracted before you can receive your dentures. After the teeth are extracted, a mold is taken, which is then used to custom create your dentures.
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Partial dentures are used if you are missing sections of teeth, but still, have some areas of remaining healthy teeth as well. This eliminates the unnecessary need to extract perfectly healthy teeth. Partial dentures fill in the spaces between your healthy teeth, preventing food from getting stuck (which can then lead to more gum disease), as well as holding your natural teeth in place. Without anything there, your natural teeth can shift from their original positions, and throw off your bite.
Just like full dentures, partial dentures are created from molds of your mouth. These dentures rest on your gums as well but have the addition of a metal clasp (which hooks onto healthy teeth) to help hold it in place.
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What benefits do dentures have to offer?
Dentures, both full and partial, offer you several benefits:
Dentures can restore the quality of your life. For more information on dentures and partials be sure to call Tuttle Crossing Dental Group at (614) 973-6585 today!